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Near Phillipsport in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dry Docks

Delaware & Hudson Canal

 
 
Dry Docks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
1. Dry Docks Marker
Inscription.  This is the Boothroyd Dry Dock. You are looking in the same direction as the photograph below. Located at regular intervals along the canal, dry docks were used for repairing old boats and constructing new ones. Entrance was gained through a lock-like device — a top gate was opened to allow the boat to float on canal water onto a dock; the water was then released through a lower gate and the boat was left high and dry. Boats that needed repair were held off the ground with braces so that workers could reach the hulls.

Owned and operated by F. W. Boothroyd, this dry dock repaired, built, and occasionally stored boats over the winter. The Boothroyd dry dock is located at the beginning of the Phillipsport section of the canal, where a boat-building industry flourished during the mid to late 1800's. In the 1850's, a new boat cost about $400 and was expected to last five years.
 
Erected by Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park.
 
Location. 41° 38.004′ N, 74° 27.152′ W. Marker is near Phillipsport, New York, in
Marker detail: The Boothroyd Dry Dock in Phillipsport image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
2. Marker detail: The Boothroyd Dry Dock in Phillipsport
Here the construction of canal boats constituted a large business.
Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from Bova Road 0.1 miles west of U.S. 209, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located along the canal trail at the Bova Road Interpretive Center of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Phillipsport NY 12769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Basin & Sluiceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Waste Weirs (within shouting distance of this marker); Lock No. 50 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ending at Rondout (within shouting distance of this marker); Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Demise of the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Boothroyd House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phillipsport.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Delaware & Hudson Canal
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: The Ellenville dry dock owned by Mr. Hoar image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
3. Marker detail: The Ellenville dry dock owned by Mr. Hoar
Marker detail: Men standing on the deck of a newly constructed canal boat image. Click for full size.
Carroll Collection, courtesy of the D&H Canal Historical Society
4. Marker detail: Men standing on the deck of a newly constructed canal boat
Marker detail: A broadsheet giving the distances on the D&H Canal image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
5. Marker detail: A broadsheet giving the distances on the D&H Canal
Honesdale to Phillipsport 34 miles
Dry Docks Marker • <i>wide view<br>(former Boothroyd Dry Dock site in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
6. Dry Docks Marker • wide view
(former Boothroyd Dry Dock site in background)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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